Traditional microscopes work by magnifying the light passing through a sample using lenses. This produces a magnified picture. However, these microscopes have focusses limited to the diffraction of light that happens mostly beyond a selected magnification. Enter super resolution microscopes (SRMs). They are highly specialized modified light microscopes that overcome the diffraction limit of light to provide high resolution image of an object. This is brought about either by facilitating the reconstruction of an image under scan by nanometer scale scanning devices, or by true super resolution methods carried out via super lens, better axial resolution by 4Pi microscopy method, or by making use of pre diffracted light which is near field optics.
The global Super Resolution Microscopes Market will expand at a cracking pace in the years to come on account of the growing government support and corporate funding for microscopy, technological advancements and growing focus on nanotechnology.
Depending upon the technology leveraged, the global market for super resolution microscopes can be segmented into stochastic function resolution technique, deterministic functional resolution technique, true super resolution technique, and combination resolution techniques. True super resolution techniques can be further segmented into structured illumination microscopes, near field scanning optical microscopes, 4Pi microscopes, etc. Similarly, deterministic techniques can be further sub-divided into GSD (Ground state depletion) microscopy, STED (Stimulation emission depletion) microscopy, and SSIM (Saturated structured illumination) microscopy. Stochastic techniques are also be classified further.
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Application-wise, the global market for super resolution microscopes can be classified into nanotechnology industry, geo-material research, material sciences, and semiconductor manufacturing and research laboratories. The life sciences segment, among them, accounts for maximum market share. Material sciences and nanotechnology are other key segments. This is because, the design and applicability of super resolution microscopes manufactured particularly for these industries are highly modified for a particular use in their respective fields.
From a geographic standpoint, North America and Asia Pacific are the main markets for super resolution microscopes. Powered primarily by Japan, China, and Australia, the demand in the Asia Pacific is predicted to expand substantially in the foreseeable future. South Asia and South East Asia have been contributing significantly to the demand owing to their applications in the field life sciences and semi-conductor. The market in Asia Pacific is also seeing a lot of action on account of the concentration of numerous industrial microscope manufacturers in the region.
North America is another major market on account of the robust life science and semi conductors industry in the region. Europe too accounts for a substantial share because of the presence of a large super resolution microscope manufacturing industry in the region replete with renowned names producing high quality products. There are, however, a few factors countering the growth in the market in Europe and North America. They are myriad restrictions on genome engineering, reduced funding for life science research, and moving of semi-conductor manufacturing to the Asian countries.
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To assess the competition prevailing in the global market for super resolution microscopes, the report profiles companies such as Hitachi High Tech Corporation., JEOL Ltd, Carl Zeiss AG, Olympus Inc, GE LifeSciences, Nikon Corporation, FEI Company, Leica Microsystems, Bruker Corporation, etc.